Hi everyone, welcome back to Fiscal Friday. This is Bess Byers with A Generation Empowered. Last week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a rule so radical, you’d think Marx wrote it.
In 2013 HUD initiated a rule making process, compliments of an Obama executive order, to create new approaches to fair housing. Last Wednesday they released a 377-page document detailing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule intended to decrease residential segregation and “achieve truly balanced and integrated living patterns.”
How does a government that can’t manage a post office plan to reengineer neighborhoods?
Cities and towns must analyze housing patterns and report racial bias. Communities must set goals to reduce segregation and if these are not met, HUD will withhold their federal funds.
Data collection associated with AFFH includes racial makeup, poverty rate, concentration of housing vouchers, quality of schools and public transit. It’s uncertain why HUD needs their own survey, when most this data is available through the Census.
Such economic insanity is proven ineffective. Inclusionary zoning requirements to subsidize housing act as a tax and as a result, discourages development. A UHERO analysis of U.S. zoning and policy studies found inclusionary zoning decreased the amount of homes built and encouraged more expensive developments.
Speaking of money… What’s the cost?
HUD estimates $25 million in annual compliance costs to program participants, and $9 million annually for resource costs to HUD. What’s not included in cost estimates is taxpayer funded salaries and benefits of employees who enforce this rule. Taxpayers must now also subsidize the increased costs of living associated with race-based relocation.
According to the rule, “the precise outcomes of the proposed AFFH planning process are uncertain.” So we’re spending money without planned outcomes? Hashtag #government.
In its AFFH propaganda, the White House cites a Harvard study finding children in low-poverty areas have a higher chance of economic success. Census figures show poverty affects 45 percent of children raised without a father, and a 2014 Harvard working paper found cities with single mother households have less upward growth. What the White House fails to mention, according to the CDC, is 41% of all U.S. births are to unmarried women. That number jumps to 71 percent if black lives matter. But why point out correlations when the federal government can throw money at the problem?
While the financial cost of AFFH is low, it comes at a high price to liberty. This unconstitutional attempt at social engineering is more about control and less about equality. The federal government is blackmailing local governments into participation.
Instead of redistributing poverty, let’s work to eradicate it. Focus on improving schools, job opportunities and affordable food. If Barack Obama wants to integrate communities, start with the bloods and the crypts. Once they’ve settled into Wisteria Lane, be sure to build that Section 8 next to Hilary’s mansion in New York and Bernie’s in Vermont, as both their neighborhoods are 90 percent white.
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This is Bess Byers, signing off, and remember, it’s your generation and you’re empowered!